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Evil Is Everywhere by Carroll Ward

There is an old saying that "still water runs deep." The quiet little Southern town of La Flor, Mississippi, is an example of still water. While La Flor appears to be peaceful, placid, and lovely, underneath the calm is kidnapping, murder, and intrigue. One woman discovers the undercurrent of evil, but decides not disturb the peacefulness of the town's facade. When Sally Henshaw, a...

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Galápagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galápagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race. In this inimitable novel, America's master satirist looks at our world and...

Horrorism by Adriana Cavarero

Words like "terrorism" and "war" no longer encompass the scope of contemporary violence. With this explosive book, Cavarero, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers, effectively renders such terms obsolete. She introduces a new word - "horrorism" - to capture the experience of violence. Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded...

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue - the daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor who brought her into bondage - Zarité, known as Tété, survives a childhood of brutality and fear, finding solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in her exhilarating initiation into the mysteries of voodoo. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain...

Moneymakers by Ben Tarnoff

The lively and enthralling tale of three notorious counterfeiters offers insights into the makings of the American financial mind. Tarnoff chronicles the lives of three colorful counterfeiters who flourished in early America, shedding fresh light on the country's financial coming of age. The speculative ethos that pervades Wall Street today, Tarnoff suggests, has its origins in the...

My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem-solver. At her family's struggling pharmacy, she has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won't help save the business. If only she could find a way to make it the center of town again - a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a...

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

At long last, Lady Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a well-deserved holiday away from the crime and grime of Ankh-Morpork. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a...

Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome

Returning to Wild Cat Island for their second summer holiday by the Lake, the Swallows find the Amazons and Captain Flint mysteriously suffering from "native trouble". It transpires that Great Aunt Maria has come to stay and she is a stickler for good behaviour and treating the Amazon pirates as young ladies who have to be home for meals.

The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen

Ever wonder how to retrieve a sunken golf cart from a snake-infested lake? Or which club in your bag is best suited for combat against a horde of rats? An hilarious confessional about returning to the fairways after a thirty-two-year absence, is definitely the book for you.

The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy

Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition...

The Secret of the Unicorn by Hergé

Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn't just any model ship-it's the Unicorn, carved by one of Haddock's ancestors, and it holds a clue to finding pirate treasure!

Under Their Skin by Dinah Lee Küng

The Geneva laser clinic of Dr. Roman Micheli is as discreet as a Swiss bank - no matter who the patient, Roman is the dispassionate professional. His wife Isabel, a WHO leprologist, is even more dedicated to her work than Roman. But their technically perfect partnership unravels when an American violinist strides onto a concert stage and weaves the audience into her musical spell...